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Red River Valley (1936)

Gene and Frog set out to find out who has been causing the accidents at a dam construction site.

Director:

B. Reeves Eason

Writers:

Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay), Dorrell McGowan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog
Frances Grant ... Mary Baxter
Boothe Howard Boothe Howard ... Steve Conway
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Mike
Champion ... Gene's Horse
Sam Flint ... George Baxter
George Chesebro ... Bull Dural
Charles King ... Sam
Eugene Jackson Eugene Jackson ... Iodine
Edward Hearn ... Sheriff Ed
Frank LaRue ... Moore - Banker
Ken Cooper ... Long - Henchman
Frankie Marvin ... Becker - Henchman (as Frank Marvin)
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Storyline

One of Gene Autry's early Republic westerns, the film has plenty of action and songs by Autry and Burdette, along with other musical novelty acts. Gene and his friend Frog help the valley's irrigation company solve the mystery of who's behind the terror tactics of those fighting the dam. In the process, they become implicated in a payroll robbery and must clear their names while pursuing the real robbers and trying to save the dam for the valley's drought-ravaged landowners. Written by Dale Roloff

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Taglines:

Your Singing Son of the Saddle Braves Dynamite Death to Clear Himself of the Bandit Brand! See more »

Genres:

Action | Music | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man of the Frontier See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Dam, Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$225,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2004 restoration) | (re-edited version) (edited) (re-edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There are over 100 songs with the title "Red River Valley," virtually all based on the public domain, 19th century version that is often played by country-western artists and in movies. It is almost impossible to pinpoint any one version, but in this case the version used was published in connection with this movie (a picture of Gene Autry and scenes from the movie on its cover) and was written by Nick Manoloff. The music sounds identical to the traditional version, but the lyrics are slightly modified. See more »

Quotes

Gene Autry: If you walk out now, you'll ruin the valley. Everybody will lose their homes, farms. You'll get your money! Baxter's arranging for a loan now and he'll be here to tell you himself.
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Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Rienzi Overture
(1841) (excerpt) (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner
('Overture' to riot at dam, as train pulls up at lineshack and disgorges the dam's defenders)
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Man of the Frontier (Red River Valley)
13 January 2007 | by everchangesSee all my reviews

Champion runs, Gene sings. A mixture of modern day cowboys (with Damsand stuff) and old time cowboys. Plus some pretty decent non -Health & Safety action. Gene is a ditch rider and Champion knows he is really the Star ! Sabotage and dirty works at the irrigation plant, involving dynamite and songs along the way.

There is such an aura of dust bowl and emigration around this film. Jug blowing novelty acts, Woody Guthrie chord breaks in songs. When is a strike not a strike - when there's baddies and guns.

The usual shoot-em up finale and a few bars of Red River Valley.The film was marketed under the title Man of the Frontier, around the world, and that may be because of the clash with the other, more violent and more mediocre, film of the same name.

Champion runs, Gene Sings, nearly perfect in this movie.


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